KEEP A STEP AHEAD FROM IMAGINARY TO REAL WORLD

ZONAL SECTION VIEW:

In general, understanding the internal constructions of an assembly model is typically difficult. The components included in the model is very important to visualize what the part (such as internal shafts, cuts, bearings, bushes etc) will look like after cut is open. Also choosing the type of section and location of the cutting plane is more crucial thing than any other. Those crucial things can be done easily and effectively through design of models either in paper drawings or software drawings. Therefore, design and manufacturing communication should be good and enriched in every organization.

However, the interior parts induced in difficult construction design models can understand easily by a helping tool called “Section View”. A Section View is a productivity tool that allow the designers to focus on internal components. A cutting Section View is a view used on a drawing to show an area or hidden part of an object by cutting away or removing some of that object.

A Section View is generated by running the cutting plane through the entire length or some area of the object being sectioned. To create view that we want to use as the parent view can create by start and end direction in respective area of a drawing.

Section View

SOLIDWORKS let the users to come out of an imaginary world and manufacture the part easily no matter how complicated it is. Build a 3D Model utilizing potential tools in SolidWorks and enhance your design communication by one of the special tool called Section View.

ZONAL SECTION VIEW

Here I would like to show an example
  • Go to Flyout Tool bar-> Click Section View (View tool bar) or View-> Display-> Section View.

  • In the Section View Property Manager, below Section Method, select “Zonal”. In that, we can define a section view by selecting one or more zones. Usually Zones in model are defined by the intersection of the selected plane or face and also with bounding box of the model.

ZONAL SECTION VIEW

  • If you require specific distance between two model use section option. And select how the section offset is needed. Offset can be done in two different ways such as Reference Plane and Selected Plane.

  • Reference Section can be taken up to three different planes/faces. Here choose the plane depends on areas to be cut. In addition to the planes to cut, Section 2 and Section 3 can be chosen and control its properties too.

  • The speciality of SolidWorks Zonal Section View is, we are able to include and exclude the bodies or components from the Section View. In this example, I have chosen excluded option for components such as nuts, bolts and washers.

    ZONAL SECTION VIEW

  • Also, One or more Zones can be selected which depends on how an assembly or part model to be highlighted. The intersection Zones shall be controlled in the graphics area.

  • In Zonal Section View, We can highlight the face or body by different colours. So that you can differentiate model easy.
  • ZONAL SECTION VIEW

  • Finally, Click on the “Preview” option. This will enable us to have a look at our model after sectioning.

ZONAL SECTION VIEW

 

  • Here the below picture shows you a defined Zonal section view.

ZONAL SECTION VIEW

Its easy for the manufacturer to understand the assembly of the interior components in the complicated assembly Model

Natarajan Ramamoorthy
Design Professional with almost 3 decades of experience working with numerous companies, providing designs for new products, VAVE on existing products, conducting Design Audits and Dimensional Management programs. Teaching Finite Element Analysis, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T), Tolerance Stack Up Analysis for well over 2 decades. Certified ASME GDTP Technologist. Education: MSME from The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, USA Past: Consultant, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI, USA
Natarajan Ramamoorthy
Natarajan Ramamoorthy
Natarajan Ramamoorthy